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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Electricity.

In this Badge Bit, you will repair a light switch.



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  - Change a Single Pole Switch
  - Replace a Double Light Switch
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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - repair a light switch

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before pic of light switch not working - complete with a description of how it is not working
   - a picture during the light switch repair
   - an after picture action shot of the light switch working
   - OR post a 2 minute video of you showing it not working, repairing the light switch, and it working
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This BB is a first part to my Straw Badge, it is 1/2 point from uncompleted Sand Badge bits.



This is the offending inoperable light switch after power has been disconnected and it has been pulled from the box. It is a light duty 15A 3 way unit that wasn't meant to last.



After removing the switch I clipped the old loops and made new as pictured below.



Stripping the wires.



Making the loops with a needle nose pliers.



Notice the loops go on the screws with their orientation to squeeze shut as the screw is tightened and are also coated with a bit of dielectric grease.



Finished light switch in operation. The fan is operated by pull switch.

The original post can be seen here.
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I certify this BB is complete.

 
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Repaired a lightswitch. Take a look at my 1min video of it.



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Mike Haasl approved this submission.
Note: Nice job being able to repair it vs replace!

 
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Here is my submission for the Electricity - Sand - Repair/Replace Light Switch BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
  - a before pic of the light switch not working - complete with a description of how it is not working
  - a picture during the light switch repair
  - an after picture action shot of the light switch working

This switch "rebounds." It will turn the light on for a split-second then rebound to the center opening the circuit (turning the light off).  The light switch no longer "flips" the light on and is annoying.  This switch was painted to match over a decade ago so it is not a fresh paint job causing the problem.  It is also original to the house (~50 yo) so I decided to replace it with a new white switch to match the new timer I installed recently.


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the blue switch in the rebounded posiition
the blue switch in the rebounded posiition
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removing the old switch
removing the old switch
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installing new with wires going around the screw in a clockwise direction
installing new with wires going around the screw in a clockwise direction
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reinstalled
reinstalled
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Finished - light is on and shadow is from overhead lamp instead of flash
Finished - light is on and shadow is from overhead lamp instead of flash
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light and switch
light and switch
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I have a light switch that tends to not stay up when flicked on, so it was due for replacement.
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The old switch not staying up.
The old switch not staying up.
Removed.jpg
The old switch removed
The old switch removed
Replaced.jpg
The fancy new switch added.
The fancy new switch added.
Done.jpg
All done.
All done.
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Did this job as a favour to a friend that works in a nursing/disability home. The tenants there can be quite aggressive with operating the switch so it gets very easily bashed with how small it is. The constant abuse has now dislodged the actual switch from the mechanism that operates it.
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A very obviously smashed switch mechanism
A very obviously smashed switch mechanism
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Mid way through removal
Mid way through removal
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Gone
Gone
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Putting in the new one
Putting in the new one
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New switch installed
New switch installed
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A happy fluoro light
A happy fluoro light
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This light switch in my bathroom only stayed on when it was like 90% up.  It powered an outlet as well as a light, and was behind a door.  So I bought a new switch, GFC outlet and a box and installed them.  Check it out.
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old and nasty
old and nasty
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new hotness
new hotness
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all buttoned up
all buttoned up
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Kyle, Could you add a photo of the light working since it is a light switch repair?

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BBV price: 1
Note: Please complete documentation requirements.  Show light switch working = light is on

 
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On and off
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Someone flagged this submission as not complete.
BBV price: 1
Note: Needs to include a pic during repair.

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Someone approved this submission.
Note: Didn't notice the previous pix. I think a wire nut & insulation for the ground wire would be good but this meets the listed BB requirements.

 
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